A formulation is a mixture of ingredients prepared in a certain way and used for a specific purpose. For example, if you are sick, you may need a formulation of a combination of antibiotics.

If you devise or conceptualize an idea, you can also refer to this act with the noun formulation. If you are a scientist, you may be widely recognized for your skillful formulation of a plan to eradicate a disease. If you are a parent, you may congratulate yourself for the formulation of a plan to get your kids to actually go to bed on time. Of course, the flaw may be that when you conceptualized the plan, you assumed that the kids would cooperate and not want a drink of water every five minutes.

Definitions of formulation

n inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally

conceptualisation, conceptualization
approach, attack, plan of attack
ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
formulation of the plans and important details
a line of approach
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creating by mental acts
the act of creating something by thinking

n a substance prepared according to a formula

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cleaner, cleanser, cleansing agent
a preparation used in cleaning something
glycerinated gelatin
a gelatinous preparation made from gelatin and glycerin and water; used as a base for ointments and suppositories
a medicinal liquid preparation intended for use in an atomizer
a preparation used in polishing
a commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering
smelling salts
a pungent preparation of ammonium carbonate and perfume; sniffed as a stimulant to relieve faintness
bathroom cleaner
a preparation for cleaning bathrooms
a substance for cleaning the teeth; applied with a toothbrush
a cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension
cleansing agent consisting of soaps or detergents used for washing the hair
a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats
blacking, shoe polish
a substance used to produce a shiny protective surface on footwear
a brand of car polish
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chemical compound, compound
(chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

n the style of expressing yourself

“he suggested a better formulation
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the excessive expression of tender feelings, nostalgia, or sadness in any form
an expression of respect
archaicism, archaism
the use of an archaic expression
standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories
a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
idiom, parlance
a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans
Anglicism, Briticism, Britishism
an expression that is used in Great Britain (especially as contrasted with American English)
choice of words, diction, phraseology, phrasing, verbiage, wording
the manner in which something is expressed in words
glop, mush, slop, treacle
writing or music that is excessively sweet and sentimental
mot juste
the appropriate word or expression
verbalisation, verbalization
the words that are spoken in the activity of verbalization
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expressive style, style
a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

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